Billy Pettit real disappointment
ploopster at gmail.com
Sun Jul 1 12:57:10 CDT 2007
>> That it wouldn't matter where you stood, because you'd have to bring
>> the end of the lever down from someplace in the sky impossible to reach.
> The law still holds regardless. That was the whole point of the
> saying -- did any body remember that?
You might be able to move it by a nanometer. The solar wind might move
it more. We're just too puny to have much of an effect. That was the
conclusion we came to.
> PS. The world was a whole lot smaller then too, ask Atlas about that
> some time.
No it wasn't. Ask Eratosthenes. 8-)
Eratosthenes and Archimedes lived at the same time. The one who had
drastically underestimated the size of the Earth was Pythagoras, 300
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